Spunk Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Spunk's last name?

2. From whose point of view is the story told?

3. Who encourages Joe to hurt Spunk?

4. Who claims he was attacked from behind?

5. What can the men do to Spunk in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the fact that Spunk is not able to use his gun to kill the bobcat ironic?

2. Describe the differences between Joe and Spunk.

3. Do you think there is any competition between Joe and Spunk? Why or why not?

4. What is the wake for Spunk like?

5. What does Walter think about Spunk killing Joe?

6. Do you feel sorry for Joe? Why or why not?

7. Are there any surprise guests at Spunk's wake? Why is it a surprise?

8. Describe the events leading up to the end of Chapter 1 and the confrontation between Joe and Spunk.

9. Do you admire Spunk or despise him? Why?

10. Who is the winner of Hurston's story? How so?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Briefly summarize the incident in which Joe is killed. Why do you think Hurston wrote about it in this way?

Essay Topic 2

How does the setting of Hurston's book contribute to the story and the reader's experiences?

Essay Topic 3

Hurston uses a narrative point of view throughout the entire play. Why do you think it was written this way? What are the pros and cons of using this point of view in this particular story?

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